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Related Bible reading(s): John 18.33-37

All-age introduction: King of kings

A way to begin worship when all ages are present.

Prepare two large signs, one saying ‘Heaven’ and the other ‘Earth’.

Gather together some props that reflect the rule of earthly monarchs and/or Jesus’ kingship – for example: a crown, a sceptre, a cloak, sandals, a book of wisdom, a sheep, a lion, a donkey, a horse, a sword, two pieces of wood, a bowl of water, white gloves.

Place two chairs at the front of the worship space, and place each sign on a chair. Put the props where they can easily be seen.

Explain that today we are thinking about what makes a good king, and the difference between Jesus’ heavenly kingship and that of kings or queens on earth. Invite volunteers, one at a time, to choose an item from the props and to decide which throne it should be placed on – Heaven or Earth. Ask everyone: Is that right?

There are no right or wrong answers, so encourage different opinions and discussions. What difference can Christ’s heavenly rule make in our world?

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